About

Purpose

To incubate a Social Procurement Initiative for British Columbia that supports local governments and institutional purchasers in implementing social procurement best practices

Vision

Local governments and institutional purchasers in British Columbia have access to professional development, resources and advice to develop tools and skills to implement social procurement

Mission

To improve the health of our communities and the strength of our economies by changing the culture of public sector procurement

Are the dollars you spend supporting your local economy?

In British Columbia, local governments and other large purchasers spend billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure projects. By integrating social procurement practices this purchasing power could open doors to employment, increase local training, support local businesses and provide multiple community benefits.

Social procurement is a growing best practice that aligns procurement spend to provide added value and community benefits. The British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) aims to take this best practice thinking and approach, and help build a more resilient and more inclusive Province.

BCSPI Goals

Local governments and large institutional purchasers in British Columbia are embracing and implementing social procurement.

Standardized approach to social procurement across government, while each community has the ability to create community-specific social value.

Procurement staff are trained in social procurement and have the ability to issue tenders and RFPs that result in community benefits.

Product and service suppliers are fully engaged, bidding on contracts, and responding to RFPs issued by local governments.

The British Columbia Provincial Government is aware of, and supportive of BCSPI.

A robust monitoring and reporting framework is in place.

BCSPI is a long-term, sustainable initiative.

Interest is demonstrated by the wider Municipal, Academic Institutions, Schools and Hospitals (MASH) sector.

To-date BCSPI members trained over 150 staff and accessed tools, templates, and coaching support to implement social procurement practices in over 50 initial pilot projects, creating over $200 million in social value spend

Read the CCSPI Phase 1 Report

CCSPI was established in 2018 as a pilot for local governments on Vancouver Island and in the Coastal Communities to test and implement social procurement practices.

In it’s 2-year pilot phase, CCSPI members realized over $200 million in social procurement spend by adding social value to their purchasing practices, generating significant community benefits from existing procurement dollars at a time when their local economies needed it most.

This report chronicles the first two years of the Initiative, which is unique in Canada as a regional approach, and how these new practices that can help to unlock additional social value from an organization’s existing spending are changing the culture of public sector procurement.

BCSPI Governance

BCSPI is governed by a steering committee made up of elected officials and staff at which all local government members are invited to sit.
The steering committee meets quarterly and oversees the work of the initiative. Quarterly steering committee reports are available to all members via the BCSPI member portal. 

BCSPI Project Delivery Team

Participating Governments & Organizations

Get In Touch

For more information about BCSPI or to schedule services,
please contact Robert Fisher, Project Coordinator at rfisher@scalecollaborative.ca

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